America's First National Historic Site

Established on March 17, 1938 as the first National Historic Site in the United States, Salem Maritime National Historic Site consists of nine acres of land and twelve historic structures along the Salem waterfront, as well as a downtown visitor center. Located in the urban setting of Salem, the park preserves and interprets over 600 years of New England's maritime history and global connections.

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Top 10 Tips for Visiting Salem Maritime

Use these insider tips to make the most out of your national park adventure at Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

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Storytelling with Art

Faceless dolls are a celebrated handicraft from the Dominican Republic. Each doll is unique, telling the story of its' artist.

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Current Conditions

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Basic Information

Learn the essential information needed to plan your visit.

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Places To Go

Discover historic sites and structures at Salem Maritime!

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Things To Do

Explore programs, exhibits, and more!

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Virtual Programs

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Last updated: May 6, 2022

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160 Derby Street
Salem , MA 01970



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